On Fire Island, at the eastern end of the Pines, is a legendary structure called the Pyramid House…
It was designed by architect Julio Kaufman who came from Buenos Aires, arriving in the Pines in 1957. The second home he built on the island was the Pyramid, which was designed was for John Goodwin, the nephew of J.P. Morgan.
The house was built on a 300 foot lot extending from the bay to the ocean with the view of the whole island from the living room.
Decades later, architect Hal Hayes was hired to update and modify the existing structure.
The playwright Paul Rudnick bought the house in 2001 and commissioned me to redesign it, a project that was completed in 2003-4. Paul and his partner, Dr. John Raftis, led very public lives in the city, and privacy was very important to them here in the Pines.
The main pyramid was completely gutted, creating a single large living/ dining/ kitchen space on the upper floor. The solid east face of the pyramid was removed and replaced with a custom floor-to-ceiling steel & glass roof-wall system, opening the interior to the spectacular views of the dunes, ocean and bay.
A large guest house was added at the front of the property; the 30’ width of this structure created a visual barrier from Sail Walk and enclosed a very private courtyard between the guest house and the main house.
The mass of the guest house was broken down into three 10’ squares, each rotated to a pure north-south orientation and articulated as three small pyramids, recalling the complex of the Great Pyramid of Cheops and its three adjacent small pyramids, one for each of his queens. Paul loved the idea…
The three 10’ square spaces are two bedrooms flanking a central bathroom, each with a translucent pyramidal roof.
Since then there have been two more owners. You can rent it on airbnb –for $1800 a night. For that price, yes there are still dates for this August if you’ve got a Sugar Daddy –or you ARE a Sugar Daddy.
(Photos, Pines History, airbnb; via Pines History)